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“I know at some point in the game they were talking about (Jordan) Shipley going in and playing corner, Quan (Cosby) maybe,” Palmer said. “We got down to four guys.”

The Jets (8-2) beat the Bengals twice last season _ 37-0 at the Meadowlands to end the regular season, then 24-14 in the playoffs at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals don’t have much time to mend their defense and get over the emotional meltdown.

“I hope we don’t take the disappointment into the short week, into the game against the Jets,” Owens said. “If not, they may put 49-plus on us. They have a great defense. Their offense is explosive. And if we come with the performance that we played with (against Buffalo), it’s over. It’s lights out.

“At this point, we’re playing for pride. And we’re going to see what everybody’s made of, me included.”